Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature women's soccer junior Kacie Filian.
Filian enters her third year with the St. Bonaventure women's soccer program and looks to build off a successful sophomore season. In her second year with the team, Filian played in 16 games and made six starts. She powered a Bonnies victory with her first two career goals as part of a 2-1 win over Merrimack.
A native of Palatine, Illinois, Filian scored a team-high four goals, including two game-winners last season.
How have you adapted to the new changes on campus regarding COVID safety protocols? Have they helped make you feel safer since coming back?
It was a tough adjustment at first, especially not getting to see all of my teammates at practice or interacting with my friends in class, but I know the protocols are necessary for our own health and feel very safe here with them in place.
What did you do over the spring/summer to stay in shape and get ready to get back to practices this fall (and was it difficult to find places to workout/practice because of quarantines)?
I am fortunate enough to have a net in the yard that I would do drills and shoot on with my brother since he's preparing for a college season as well, and I'd try to run on the treadmill or on the bike path in my neighborhood to stay in shape. It was a tough blow to have all the summer leagues canceled and all the gyms closed but we got creative and tried to make the most of it.
What was one good thing that came out of the spring sports shutdown and odd summer for you? Did you develop any new hobbies/interests?
I really enjoyed getting to spend more time with my family since I don't get to see them during the school year with the distance from New York to Chicago, and I picked up golfing with friends and reading the Game of Thrones series with my extra free time.
What messages/advice have your coaches given you for staying positive during these tough times?
They reminded our team to not get too caught up in things that are out of our control and put an emphasis on looking after not only our own mental health, but checking in with our teammates as well.
Even though there are no competitions this fall, how excited are you to get back to workouts with your team? Do you look at practices and work with your teammates any differently since the COVID shutdown?
I never thought I would miss 7 a.m. lifts and conditioning, but I was thrilled to get back to work with my team in any capacity, and learned to not take any time with them for granted because it could be cut short at any moment.
What was the one thing you were most looking forward to about returning to Bonaventure?
I was super excited to catch up with my friends and teammates and try out the new Hickey all-day breakfast.
What is your favorite class at Bonaventure and why (now or previously)?
I am really enjoying my Epidemiology course that I'm currently taking. Dr. Watson is an amazing professor and everything we're learning is so relevant to what's going on in the world today.